birdienl: (Winter)

The railway man (2013)
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The Passing Bells (2014)

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Mr Turner (2014)
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birdienl: (Spring)

In 1958, becoming a secretary is small-town-girl Rose Pamphyle's greatest dream. She is overjoyed when she is hired by the moody insurance agent Louis Échard. Louis soon learns that Rose is an uncommonly fast typist and decides to train her for the national speedtyping competition, making a bet with his friend Bob that Rose can win. As Louis and Rose spend much time together, sparks begin to fly, but Louis only wants Rose to concentrate on winning the competition.

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birdienl: (Jane Eyre)
Sometimes, it's not the big blockbuster movies which touch us most, but the small stories, the little known movies that you run into by accident. Here are three of those that I've recently seen and enjoyed. (Click on the pictures and you will go to the trailers on YouTube)

A bird of the air (2011)
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The rewrite (2014)
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Trouble with the curve (2012)
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birdienl: (Jane Eyre)
I was nominated for this award by Carissa at Musings of an Introvert. Thank you so much, Carissa!

The rules of this award are as follows:
a) Answer the eleven questions of the tagger
b) Share eleven facts about yourself
c) Nominate up to eleven other bloggers
d) Ask those nominees eleven new questions

There we go! First up are Carissa's questions:
1. Where do you go to decompress from the world?
When my pony was alive, this was definitely the riding school where she lived. I could almost literally feel the stress falling from my shoulders when I spent time there with her and among the other horses. I believe animals are great stress-relievers! Nowadays it's just at home, with a good book or a nice series.
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birdienl: (spring 2015)

In 1914, Vera Brittain, daughter of a factory owner spends the summer with her beloved brother Edward and his friends Victor and Roland. She is preparing to go to Oxford after her father has finally allowed her to study there. Though she always professed to have no interest in marriage, she still falls for Roland. Then WWI breaks out and everything changes. The young men sign up and go to the Front and Vera is left to worry. She decides to give up her studies and work as a nurse.

Testament of Youth is based on the best-selling memoir by Vera Brittain, published in 1933. Her book was called 'the voice of a generation' and 'the best war memoir' and details not only the war as such, but also the impact it had on the women staying behind.
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birdienl: (spring 2015)

The independent Bathseba Everdeen (Carey Mulligan) inherits a farm from her uncle and is determined to run it herself, no easy task for a woman in the 1870s. Three men vie for her hand and her heart, her rich neighbour Farmer Boldwood (Martin Sheen), the handsome and charming Captain Troy (Tom Sturridge) and kind and dependable Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts).

Strange as it may seem, Thomas Hardy, known (and feared?) for his tragic stories also penned one of the most touching love stories in British 19th century literature. Far from the Madding Crowd completely captured me a few years ago when I read the novel and watched the 1998 BBC adaptation, so I was very pleased and interested when I heard a new movie version was being made. This week I went to the cinema and again, Bathesba's story totally captivated me.
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birdienl: (Autumn)
       Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows
book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. sharing
exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they've encountered during the week etc.)

1.Next weekend, one of my best friends is getting married and so I needed some festive clothes. Now I really, really don't like clothes shopping and I haven't had to buy special/festive clothes for years, so I was dreading this a bit. Luckily, a sweet friend of mine went along and I bought a lovely dress. Mission accomplished, now I can just look forward to the wedding day!

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birdienl: (Summer)

Love Labour's Lost is one of Shakespeare's less well known comedies. In 2000, Kenneth Branagh, Shakespearean director and actor extraordinaire, adapted this play into a musical movie. In Love Labour's Lost the young King of Navarre and three of his close friends take an oath to devote themselves to study for three years and not see any women during this time. Their decision is soon made difficult when the Princess of France arrives with three lady's maids to talk to the King about a political matter. Though the ladies have to camp outside the court, the King and his companions do visit the Princess. Inevitably, the King falls in love with the Princess and his friends also are not wholly immune to the charms of the lady's maids!
And, when Love speaks, the voice of all the gods make heaven drowsy with the harmony )


Aug. 9th, 2014 12:32 am
birdienl: (Summer)
I've been seeing a number of pretty interesting trailers recently for, mostly, period movies. I thought I'd share them with you!

The imitation game: This reminds me quite strongly of Enigma, one of my favourite WWII movies. On the one hand, why make another movie about the Bletchley codebreakers? On the other hand, it's a fascinating subject and this one seems to be based more on true historical events. Besides, it stars the-one-and-only Benedict Cumberbatch and also Matthew Goode (one of my personal favourites!), Allen Leech and Keira Knightley.

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birdienl: (Cranford)
There are two types of movies we love. The ones we already expected to love from the moment we first heard of them: adaptations of our favourite books, sequels to other great movies, our favourite genre etc. And then there are the ones you once saw a trailer of and thought: 'Maybe, let's put it on my 'to-watch' list.' And when you finally do watch them, they totally surprise you with their wonderfulness!

Recently, I watched two movies of this last category which I would like to share with you: On a clear day and The way

On a clear day
(2005) tells the story of Frank, a middle-aged shipbuilder who suddenly looses his job. With that, he also looses his self-esteem and sense of direction. A throw-away remark from one of his friends leads Frank to take up a great challenge: swimming the English channel. While his wife Joan and his almost-estranged son Rob are afraid Frank has lost his mind, his group of friends are trying to help Frank as much as they can to achieve his goal.

It's so often the British movies that can surprise you with their warm-hearted stories of ordinary people who discover what they are capable off. The quote from the movie poster above really sums up my feelings of this movie perfectly, I couldn't say it better myself! I just would like to add how 'real' this movie felt. Both the sets as well as the relationships between characters really felt as if I was looking at real people I could meet when I went to Glasgow myself. The acting is also great, especially the understated role of Peter Mullan as Frank. He doesn't say a lot in this movie, but you know exactly what he is feeling or thinking from his subtle facial expressions! The last ten minutes of this movie are an emotional rollercoaster (in a good way) as you will want to laugh, cry and cheer at the same time!

About The Way )
birdienl: (Winter)

It's becoming a bit of a tradition (you can call something a tradition when you're doing it for the fourth time right?) to post a fandom picspam/masterlist of everything I watched and read at the end of the year (or the beginning of the next...) In the lists I've linked to reviews and posts I wrote about various movies, books and tv-shows. If you're interested in anything which I haven't reviewed, don't hesitate to ask!
Everything I enjoyed in 2013! )
birdienl: (Winter)

Donald Peterson and his wife are expecting their first child. Donald has just gotten a new teaching job at St. Bernadette's, but he doesn't know what he's in for... His new class is spoiled rotten by the slightly loony classroom assistant Mr. Poppy. He's led the children to believe they will compete in the yearly Song for Christmas competition, even though the school has no funds for it. As Christmas nears and Donald tries to bring order back in his class, he will find out just how determined Mr. Poppy and the children are!
There's no bringing babies to school! )
birdienl: (History castle)
On her blog Edge of the Precipice, Hamlette hosted a Tolkien Blog Party of Special Magnificence to celebrate Bilbo and Frodo's birthday last week. Unfortunately, I could not fully participate in the party last week, as I was away for work... Even though the party is officially over, I still wanted to post the tag questions, just because they are so much fun! And it's still great fun for Tolkien lovers over at Hamlette's blog, as she started a Lord of the Rings read-along!

1. Have you read The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit? If so, how many times?

Yes, I've read both LotR and The Hobbit twice. I also read The Silmarillion and The Unfinished Tales, which I both loved!

If you want him, come and claim him! )
birdienl: (Emma love)

I love romcoms, they're a great way to relax and often movies that simply bring a smile to your face. But I'm the first to admit that with many romcoms the story feels like a dime a dozen. So imagine my joy at discovering this gem of a British romcom, which is all the things a romcom should be, but to top it off, feels fresh and unique!

Nobody's going to buy a guidebook to Hegg unless it's cheaper than our toilet paper! )
birdienl: (Hunger Games - Katniss)

Before the USA entered WWI, a group of American men went to France to voluntarily fight in the French Air Service. With airplanes only invented a decade or so before the War, the machines were unpredictable and the life of a fighter pilot very dangerous. The 2006 movie is based on the true story of the men of the Lafayette Escadrille.

Let me guess, you're here because you thought it'd be fun to fly airplanes. Go home while you still can. )
birdienl: (Tea answer)

I'm not a fan of boxing. Even during the Olympics, when for three weeks I'm suddenly a sports fanatic, I don't watch the boxing matches. Still, the sport does capture many people's imaginations and so quite a lot of movies have been made around boxing. Cinderella Man is one of those and as it combines boxing with an interesting historical time period, I decided to give this movie a try. And I'm certainly not sorry I did.

Every time you get hit, feels like I'm getting' hit too )

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